Berlin GRIMM’s Hotel Mitte more than lives up to its name – Grimm as in the fairytale that is, not grim as in uninviting. This modern and stylish hotel is the perfect base for solo travellers visiting Berlin, it's central, clean, inviting and good value – tick, tick, tick, tick.
Choosing accommodation offers a different challenge in Berlin. Although it's easy to find a place to stay which is relatively inexpensive, it's more difficult however, to find somewhere which is inexpensive but within easy reach of the main sights – the closer you get, the higher the prices climb. Not so with GRIMM’s Hotel Mitte, however. Located a short walk from Spittelmarkt U-Bahn station in the central district, GRIMM’s Hotel Mitte is a short ride to the likes of Alexanderplatz and Brandenburg Gate, a short walk to pleasant Gendarmenmarkt, and a hop, skip and a jump from Kreuzberg – a neighbouring district of which it is on the cusp of. With a location as fantastic as this, you'd think that you'd need to bring the best ear plugs you own to get a good night's sleep, but that couldn't be more wrong. The area surrounding the hotel is so quiet you could hear a pin drop, no doubt due to the fact that it is mostly residential. Although that's not for everyone – some people like to feel in the thick of it with noise, hustle and bustle and an array of restaurants – for me it was perfect and, it felt decidedly more local because of this, too.
The lobby-entrance-cum-breakfast-room is light, bright and welcoming, and so are the staff, which makes for a nice start to your stay. As the hotel is based on the Brothers Grimm fairytales, this thread runs throughout the decor, from the lobby right to the rooms. Each room is based on a different tale and therefore has a different style, adding an essence of quirkiness to the hotel which gives it a little more soul than that which is normally expected from modern, mid-range hotels.The rooms themselves have everything you need for a comfortable stay. In particular, the rain-shower in the sleek bathroom is a more than welcome fixture.
As mentioned before, I tend to book my overnights without breakfast to allow for some brunch spot hunting however, there is the option to book with. As the area is more residential, it's worth noting that there are a limited number of places right outside the door to grab a bite to eat so, on those mornings where you may be in a little bit of a rush to join a walking tour, there's the convenient option of booking the hotel breakfast on the fly and fuelling yourself up for the day there. The buffet spread is a more than decent one, which will leave you feeling satisfied and ready for a long day of sightseeing. That said, I encourage you to at least one morning take a short 15-minute walk to one of my favourite brunch spots in Berlin, CHIPPS (pictured here), located nearby to the hotel (read more about that in Eat: Berlin).
GRIMM’s Hotel Mitte not only ensures you start the day right, but that you end it right too: there's a sauna and wellness area on the bottom floor of the hotel. It may not be a grand space, but its a nice touch by GRIMM's to add a little something extra to your stay.
Oh, and when you hear that single rooms start at 69 euros you may well start to think this hotel is all make-believe, but don't worry, I can assure you that it most certainly is not – all you have to do is click: 'book'.